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  • May 18, 2013
  • • 14:30
  • • MAGE SOLAR Stadion, Freiburg im Breisgau
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 24000
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Freiburg-Schalke Preview: Two sides battle for Champions League

Freiburg-Schalke Preview: Two sides battle for Champions League

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Just one point separates the two teams heading into the final game of the season, with a place in Europe's biggest competition up for grabs



Freiburg will be without several players for the visit of S04. Key man Daniel Caligiuri will miss out, meaning that Max Kruse will play on the left, with Karim Guede partnering Jan Rosenthal up front.

Pavel Krmas (ankle), Marco Terrazzino (knee) are both out, but Mensur Mujdza could well feature at right-back but remains a doubt with a toe problem.

Schalke will be able to welcome back Julian Draxler, who sat out the 2-1 loss to Stuttgart due to suspension, with Raffael dropping to the bench.

Saed Kolasiac is also in line for a return at left-back in the place of Christian Fuchs, who has endured a disappointing season. Defenders Christoph Metzelder and Kyriakos Papadopoulos are out, along with wingers Ibrahim Afellay, Tranquillo Barnetta and Chinedu Obasi.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Frieburg have recorded 11 wins over Schalke in their Bundesliga history - more than against any other side.
  • Only one clash between the two sides at the Mage Solar Stadion has ended all square - a 0-0 draw in February 2010.
  • Christian Streich's side have won their last three games at home.
  • Schalke star Julian Draxler (pictured, right) is set to make his 75th Bundesliga appearance - he will become the first 19-year-old to reach this figure.
  • Jens Keller's side have only taken 19 points on the road this season, just two more than already-relegated Greuther Furth.
  • Schalke have conceded 49 goals this season, more than any of the last 14 seasons.

Players to watch

M. Kruse

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Max Kruse has led Freiburg's charge for a top-four finish but will leave for pastures new in the summer, having already agreed a move to Borussia Monchengladbach. There will be no better note on which to bow out than by securing Champions League football.

J. Draxler

Position: Midfielder

Games: 8

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Schalke sorely missed Draxler last week when they slipped to a 2-1 loss to Stuttgart, but with the Germany international back in the side for Saturday's clash, he has a great opportunity to become a hero for the Gelsenkirchen club.

Editor's Prediction

Schalke have had a topsy-turvy season by anyone's definition but they have one final chance for redemption on Saturday. With Draxler back in the side and Huntelaar leading the line, their superior quality should see them through.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Freiburg

Schalke 04

Wins
2
0
3
Wins

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